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Beyond One Hundred Days.
Fired in a tweet -
the US Secretary of State didn't
know he was out of a job
until he read it on Twitter.
His replacement is Mike Pompeo -
the hawkish head of the CIA.
How does this change
America's foreign relations?
Rex tiller sovereign said the
president called him after the news
Rex and I have been talking
about this for a long time.
We got along actually quite well,
but we disagreed on things.
America's new top diplomat
is tougher on Russia
than the President,
but shares his views
on the Iran nuclear deal.
In his place, the CIA gets
it's first ever female
director, Gina Haspel.
Also on the programme:
The poisoning in Salisbury "sounds
like the Russians" says
Donald Trump, but can Britain count
on its closest allies?
It is a book where your express your
feelings about each day you have.
And the seven-year-old,
who lost his mother to cancer,
who is now helping others
through his words and pictures.
Get in touch with us using the
Hello and welcome -
I'm Katty Kay in Washington
and Christian Fraser is in London.
On a very busy day in Washington,
we have another reminder that things
are rarely smooth in this White
No sooner had the President
fired his Secretary of State,
than conflicting reports emerged
of whether Rex Tillerson even knew
he was being sacked.
Whether he did or he didn't,
it is a story with enormous foreign
policy implications for both
allies and adversaries.
Replacing Rex Tillerson
as America's top diplomat
is the head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.
And in his place Gina Haspel,
a 30-year veteran at the CIA
and the first woman to head
Pompeo takes a hardline
on Iran and North Korea
and would appear to be more in synch
with the President
than his predecessor.
Here's Mr Tillerson
a few moments ago.
I received a call today
from the President
of the United States
little after noon time
from Air Force One
and I've also spoken
White House chief of
staff, Kelly, to ensure
we have clarity as to
My commission as Secretary
of State will terminate at
midnight March 31st.
We all have the experience of being
fired and that is a bad way to go.
The BBC's North America Editor Jon
Sopel has more on what led
to today's dismissal.
Rex Tillerson was flying back to
Washington from a trip to Africa
when the normally buttoned up
Secretary of State cut loose with
journalists. But unknown to him the
president had signed his death
warrant. Mike Pompeo will become the
new Secretary of State. He will do a
fantastic job. But Tillerson isn't
on Twitter so it fell to his chief
of staff to ring him to inform him.
Only this after the event from the
I wish Rex a lot of good
things, he is he is going to be very
happy. I think Rex will be much
happier now. I appreciate his
service. Tillerson's fate was
probably sealed when he called the
president a moron. A claim that the
Secretary of State didn't exactly
I'm not going to deal with
petty stuff like this, this what I
don't understand from Washington. I
don't come from this place.
was the public undermining of
Secretary of State by the President,
sending family members to do some of
the work that would normally be done
by America's top diplomat and public
naming on Twitter:
The new man will be Mike Pompeo. He
spoke to the BBC century on. On
Russia he acknowledges the threat
I have every expectation
they will continue to do that, but
I'm confident America will be able
to have a free and fair election and
is sufficiently robust that the
impact they have on our election
won't be great.
Tillerson and Trump
never gelled. The former CEO of
Exxon was a corporate Titan. Surely
the place with a lowest life
expectancy in the world - being a
member of the Trump administration.
A short time ago, I got reaction
from Democratic Senator Chris Coons.
He sits on the Foreign
Senator, Coons you have put out
a statement saying that
Rex Tillerson was never really
supported by the
President when it came
to personnel and trust.
Do you think that that
is why he was fired?
Well, I think both the timing
and the process for the
firing of our Secretary of State
is deeply concerning.
The timing suggests
that the Secretary of State
put out a very tough statement
standing in solidarity with Prime
Minister May and the people of
the United Kingdom in pushing back
against Russia's very aggressive
action and that may well have
contributed to the abruptness and
the very public nature with which
Secretary of State
Tillerson was let go.
It's also been clear for some time
that when it it came to
important issues -
North Korea sometimes
and the issue of Russia -
that Tillerson was not in
lock step with the President and if
you're not in lock step with the
President, as the US Secretary
of State, you can't really be
That is right, it is a real
challenge to be a Secretary of
State where your President publicly
cuts you out of major decisions,
hands to his son-in-law, rather
than his chief diplomat critical
the world, or where
the values put forward
the ability of the Secretary
to lead a successful
The President has now two years
in a row suggested slashing
our Department of State by a third
and it's been very difficult for
Secretary Tillerson to preside over
our global diplomatic effort with
that head wind in his face.
What do you make of
the way this was all
handled, this firing?
I'm concerned that the
President may have been
acting more out of the instincts
he adopted in ten years of presiding
over a reality TV show,
where the ultimate end
was to have him point at somebody
and yell, "You're fired"
in order to win a TV audience,
rather than a more measured,
appropriate, disciplined process
by which he could have transitioned
from Secretary of State Tillerson
to his now nominee, CIA
This is not a matter
of commanding a global TV
attention, this is a matter
of concern to our allies and
encouragement to our enemies
when the President fails to stand up
to Russian aggression,
Russian aggression that has
so directly impacted one of our most
vital allies on earth,
the United Kingdom.
So let's talk about Mike Pompeo
who is going to replace,
assuming he is confirmed,
Rex Tillerson, as the new American
Secretary of State,
what changes in American
policy when Mike Pompeo
running the Department of State?
You have mentioned Moscow,
he is pretty hawkish
when it comes to Russia.
The other area where
he is noticeably
more hawkish than Rex Tillerson
on is the question of Iran and the
What happens now?
Well my concern is that Secretary
of State Tillerson was well known
to have had tensions with President
Trump over his urging that we stay
in the Iran deal and work with our
European allies to improve it
or to address Iran's aggressive
behaviour in the region.
I'm concerned that the
CIA Director Pompeo
may encourage President Trump's
instincts borne of his campaign to
tear up this deal, rather
than embracing the very real
benefit we have seen.
I think frankly given
the window we are in, where we
are trying to negotiate some
resolution with North Korea of their
even more aggressive nuclear weapons
programme that we have to be
attentive to how Kim Jong-un, the
dictator of North Korea,
sees our handling of the Iran deal
negotiated by the previous
in the United States,
with our core European
allies as well as North
Korea and Russia.
Senator Coons, thank you.
I can tell you the world
is watching all of this with
Unprecedented for a Secretary of
State to be sacked so early in his
role. As you were saying,
humiliating for a man who was
reluctant to take the job in the
And with us now is our political
analyst Ron Christie.
Clear he he didn't know this was
coming and neither did his staff. I
know because last week his
under-Secretary of state was in
London and we talked about Rex
Tillerson, listen to that interview.
How can your allies depend that
Secretary Tillerson will be there
and this stewardship of the policies
you're setting out?
He will be here.
I know there was a time last year
when people referred to the
Secretary of State as Rexit, a take
off on Brexit, in the belief he was
leaving. He was never leaving. I
would like to put that part to bed
and let people know he is the
Secretary of Stay.
Well he is not
staying and neither is Steve
Goldstein. He said today he hadn't
spoken with President Trump and he
didn't know the reasons and he was
subsequently fired for putting out a
statement that contradicted the
White House. What does this tell us
about the way the White House is
Good evening, I think this is
shocking to be Hon egs. The
Secretary of State is the most
senior diplomat in the President's
cabinet, the first person who held
the job was Thomas Jefferson. The
fact he found out by Twitter
indicates it was an impulsive
decision. You don't treat your chief
diplomat that way. What signal does
that say to the people around the
There were a lot of
disagreements, they didn't agree on
Iran and Saudi Arabia and North
Korea and you have the situation
where the President decides to sit
down with Kim Jong-un while the
Secretary of State is in Africa. But
what do you make of the Russia
angle? In the last 24 hours, Rex
Tillerson said we are outraged that
Russia appears to have involved its
in the poisoning in the UK. At odds
with what Sarah Sanders said in the
Interesting that the
Secretary of State stood shoulder to
should we are Theresa May and our
allies, so what the President should
have said. It doesn't surprised me,
I think the President thought
Tillerson can't get out saying
things like that, I'm the president,
he works for me. I think Donald
Trump does not want anyone who will
challenge his authority.
I would go
further and say this was chaotic at
the beginning, look at the way this
was done, it looks like the
president wanted to fire him last
Friday without even telling him at
all. No notification. No phone call.
He just wanted Tillerson to read it
on Twitter. There is almost a form
of cruelty in that.
and look all the way back when of
course President Trump was
considering mitt Romney to be head
of state, I think what President
Trump did was hue mailiating and we
saw how Tillerson looked humiliated.
He did this on a world stage and I
think it was a shabby thing for him
to have done.
Thank you. This would
not have happened in the Bush or the
Obama or the Clinton White House.
Let's talk about Gina Haspel who,
will take over at the CIA, the first
female. Not an easy confirmation I
No, they like her in the
agent circumstances he -- agency.
There will be a sigh of relief that
they have one of their own running
the administration when the Trump
administration has a difficult
relationship with the intelligence
community. But she has baggage to go
into the confirmation hearings,
particularly around terrorism and
torture. She over saw one of
America's black sites during the
Bush administration in Thailand,
where terrorist suspects were water
board. She has been involved in will
there was a cover up around video
tape and what happened to the tape
of the sessions of water boarding.
That already is being raised by some
Senators and it will come up an as
objection. But she also might do a
great job, but she has to know she
could be fired at the drop of a
As we have just
One of the thorny issues
she will face is Russia and we know
what the President's attitudes are
to Russia. What about Theresa May,
she has a range of options she can
use to retaliate against Moscow for
the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and
his daughter. One is apparent lay
boycott of World Cup and the
expulsion from Britain of
broadcaster Russia Today. Moscow
said not a single media outlet would
be allowed to operate in Russia if
the Prime Minister followed through.
Yes, today there were expressions of
solidarity in the EU and finally
from President Trump. But can
Britain count on its closest allies.
Here is James Landale.
It began as a brutal attack
on the streets of Salisbury,
the poisoning of a former Russian
officer and his daughter,
that the UK blames on Russia.
But it's become a global
diplomatic row, with Britain
looking for allies in its
confrontation with Moscow.
meeting again to discuss
the case have given the Kremlin
until midnight to explain how a
nerve agent developed in Russia
ended up in Britain.
If the response is implausible,
they are promising
extensive measures against Russia.
This is a brazen attempt to murder
innocent people on UK soil.
Policemen still in hospital,
overwhelmingly likely or highly
likely the Russian state was
involved, and the use of this nerve
agent would represent
the first use of nerve
agents on the continent
Europe since the Second World War.
As part of a huge diplomatic effort
across Europe, British officials
told the chemicals
weapon watchdog that
Russia was implicated
use of chemical weapons.
Germany, France and
other allies offered
support without attributing blame,
but Donald Trump at least appeared
to accept Russia might be involved.
Theresa May is going to be
speaking to me today.
It sounds to me like they believe
it was Russia and I
would certainly take
that finding as fact.
As soon as we get the facts
straight, if we agree with them, we
will condemn Russia
or whoever it may be.
Russia is already
subject to sanctions.
Ministers insist these damage
Russia's economy but their
impact on behaviour is doubtful.
Crucially these are largely EU
sanctions, the UK cannot impose them
on its own.
So what unilateral
options is the Government
Some of Russia's 58
diplomats in London could be
expelled but that might promote
a tit for tat expulsion.
Russians could face
travel bans, but who and
There could be tougher laws to crack
down on Russian officials
guilty of human rights abuses,
and Russian television stations
like RT could be targeted.
Here at the Foreign
Office, they are also
investing a lot of effort
and diplomacy in trying to bring
international pressure to bear
on Russia but the bar is high.
Russia has a veto
at the UN and some EU
countries are reluctant
to contemplate yet more sanctions.
To date, the Russian Embassy said
accusations of involvement in the
Salisbury attack were groundless
as diplomats promised retaliation
against any new sanctions.
Russia is not a country
to be spoken to in the
language of ultimatums.
I think it is high time
the UK learned that.
But unless Moscow gives Britain
a satisfactory answer by midnight,
some Russian diplomats here might be
clearing their desks very soon.
Meanwhile London police have
begun an investigation
into the 'unexplained' death
of Nikolai Grushkov, a Russian,
who was found dead in Kingston,
on Monday evening.
Mr Gruchkov, a former
Aeroflot executive was tried
in absentia in Russia,
and was a business partner
of Boris Berezovsky,
the Russian oligarch who was found
hanged in his Surrey home in 2013.
Scotland Yard has stressed
there is no evidence to suggest
there was any link to the poisoning
of Sergei Skripal.
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,
has also announced today that
a string of deaths in Britain
in which there was suspicion
of Russian involvement,
will be looked at again by police
It follows an invesigation
by the news website BuzzFeed
into 14 suspicious deaths.
Heidi Blake is the Investigations
Editor for BuzzFeed.
Welcome. A growing list of Russian
opponents who die in mysterious
circumstances and Boris Berezovsky
was one. Why do you think we should
look again at that particular death?
Well Boris Berezovsky was one of a
group of nine oligarchs who helped
get money from Russia after a wave
of dissidents and exiles came to the
UK under Vladimir Putin. There are
nine of the men who died in
suspicious circumstances. Boris
Berezovsky is just one. In all of
the cases and in five others that we
There was no sign of
a struggle with Boris Berezovsky.
Why do you think it needs to be
Well he was found hanged
from his own shower rail. The marks
were not consistent with the sorts
of marks you get in a hanging A
pathologist said they were
consistent with strangulation of
the. And he had a broken rib. There
were fingerprints found. He was
known to be the target of previous
assassination attempts ordered by
the Russian state. We think it is
sufficient to investigate his death
and the others of people surrounding
You have spent a lot of time
investigating the unexplained deaths
of Russians in London. What do you
make of today's news, do you think
that Mr Glushakov's death sounds
Well he was part of the
group of Russian exiles, many of who
have died in mysterious
circumstances. He was close to Boris
Berezovsky and another of the 14
people who died suspiciously in
Britain after angering the Kremlin.
We know he has accused the Kremlin
of being involved in the death of
his friends and he was continuing to
investigate their deaths. So I think
it is appropriate that counter
terror police become involved in
that investigation. They can
hopefully conduct all the
appropriate tests and make sure the
investigation is conducted properly
and maybe we will get a better
conclusion in this investigation
than in the 14 hoers that we have
Can I ask you about
comments from the Russian Foreign
Ministry in connection with Sergei
Skripal's poisoning. The two lines,
particularly one they would
retaliate against all British
journalists in Moscow if RT is shut
and the threat of don't mess with a
nuclear power. What do you think of
That is why the British
Government has been reticent to
respond before. I have been talking
to people in the British Government
and they tell me Britain is scared
of Russia and Russia is a nuclear
power with extensive capabilities
and are prepared to respond to any
retaliation by the British
Government and could shut out every
British journalist from Russia if
Britain shuts down one Russian
propaganda arm. Britain is scared of
moves Russia could make. I think
here by unleashing a chemical
weapons attack that may have
affected hundreds of members of
public, Russia has crossed a
threshold and it is not possible or
the the British Government to ignore
We need three hours for this
programme today. There is so much.
Now many of us have journals
where we write down our feelings
but for seven-year-old Noah Orion -
the pages became a place to express
himself when his mother
was sick with cancer.
When she died last fall his drawings
became a way to express his grief.
Now it's being made into a book -
with the proceeds being
used to help others.
The BBC's been speaking
to Noah about the project.
It's a book where you express your
feelings about each day you have.
How is that?
I was like, how could
I make a book where I
could just just do the title,
like one of those journals.
Noah created this
journal, it was totally
an idea he came up with on his own.
There was a good day's version
and a bad day's version.
A bad day would be like
when something goes wrong.
And good days are basically
holidays, winning video games.
But if you can't
find a good day or a
bad day in their day,
you don't really have
to write about that day.
About five years ago Sandy
was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She was diagnosed at stage 4.
Who is Sandy?
She was a real trooper
when we found out.
I mean she went camping
with us one time.
We have always had a conversation
in our family about how
it is important to talk
about your feelings, or write
When Sandy started to get sicker,
it was something we talked
about a lot.
Dad saw me with this
and he was, "That's awesome, dude."
I really wanted to show Noah
that his bright idea could
Noah said something to me today that
I thought was great, he
said, "I want people
to know they they can make
a difference and they can help,
even if they're only
seven years old."
I thought that was
really a sweet thing.
I feel awesome that I could
contribute, help them
to not have the same thing
that we went through.
I know his mum would be
so proud of what he has
I know she would be really proud
of what he is doing.
So sad what Noah has been flu and
good for him for trying to help
This is Beyond 100
Days from the BBC.
Coming up for viewers on the BBC
News Channel and BBC World News -
will Russia respond to Theresa May's
midnight diplomatic deadline,
as the UK demands an explanation
over the poisoning of a former spy
in southern England?
And sun, surf and security -
Donald Trump makes his first trip
to California as President,
where he's looking at
prototypes for a border wall.
That's still to come.
There are some changes on the way
for tonight into tomorrow. Today was
a lovely spring day. Sunshine across
the country. There was some cloud as
you can see from our weather watcher
pictures. The showers that we had
faded away. We have some clear
skies, light winds and temperatures
will fall away tonight. The wind's
picking up, blowing in more cloud
with rain later in Cornwall and
Northern Ireland. Ahead of it we
will find temperatures falling close
to freezing. In Scotland and
northern England all the way down to
the northern home counties. For
Wednesday this area of low pressure
will rotate to the west of the UK.
And push ahead these bands of cloud
and rain. The western side that sees
the rain on Wednesday. Ahead of it
we are drawing air from Spain. A
mild wind picking up during the day.
It will be a breezy day. For central
and eastern parts dry with sunshine.
The stronger winds will be where we
have the thicker cloud and rain to
the west. Gales likely to the South
West of England and around the coast
and hill and rain through much of
the afternoon across the South West,
spilling up to Wales, heading north
in the afternoon. The winds picking
up through the Irish Sea and some
rain for much of the day for
Northern Ireland, clipping the South
West of Scotland and arriving back
into the Western Isles. But plenty
of sunshine around the Moray Firth
and the Society east of England --
south-east of England and
temperatures up to 14. For Thursday
the rain will move, not away from
Northern Ireland, but moving north
and behind it sunshine but some
heavy showers. Here in the South
West temperatures around 12 degrees.
But to the north of the rain belt it
is colder in Scotland and the
north-east of England and it will
get colder. That rain band moves
north and then stops, the showers
continue towards the south and any
showers in Scotland turning wintry.
We pick up an easterly wind. It will
feel cold with some snow in the
south. And in the east.
This is Beyond One
Hundred Days, with me
Katty Kay in Washington -
Christian Fraser's in London.
Our top stories.
Donald Trump fires his
Secretary of State,
Rex Tillerson, replacing him
with CIA chief, Mike Pompeo.
One Democratic Senator tells us,
this is no way to run a White House.
The president may have been acting
more out of the instincts he adopted
in ten years of presiding over
a reality TV show where the ultimate
aim was to have him point at someone
and yell, you're fired.
Moscow says it will
ignore an ultimatum
from Britain to explain how a former
Russian double agent
was poisoned in the UK
with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
We'll have more on both of those
stories in a moment -
also coming up in
the next half hour.
Trump travels to California
for his first visit
as president, to look at prototypes
of the wall he wants to build
on the Mexican border.
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Let's return to our top story
In the biggest shake-up
of his Cabinet since taking office,
Donald Trump has sacked his
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson,
following a series of public
disagreements between the two men.
Rex Tillerson is the twentieth
member of Mr Trump's
cabinet to lose their job,
or resign, since the President took
office fourteen months ago.
The director of the CIA,
Mike Pompeo, has been named
as Mr Tillerson's replacement,
while Gina Haspel becomes
the first woman to lead
the intelligence agency.
What do we know about what was that
tipping point that fully - that
finally pushed at Rex Tillerson.
remember when the rumours were
swirling late last year we thought
it was imminent and then at the
start of the New Year we felt a
corner had been turned and Rex
Tillerson had found his feet and he
embarked on all of these trips and
policy initiatives. And he told us
that he would be around for the year
of the Sophie was digging in perhaps
banking on this fact but Donald
Trump does not like to fire people
directly. But for the tipping point,
Rex Tillerson got a call on Friday
from the Chief of staff John Kelly
to let him something was up. And
this happened shortly after Donald
Trump decided to meet the North
Korean leader. So White House
officials saying that he wanted to
make a break, he wanted to get a new
team in place in time to run those
negotiations anti-trust and likes
Mike Pompeo, he is more aligned in
terms of policy and he decided then
to move at this point. Coming back
on the plane Rex Tillerson was also
outspoken about Russia, he has
always been more radical of Russia
than Donald Trump to put it mildly.
But he was very outspoken on the
plane coming back and that may have
tipped the scales in terms of the
timing. I think Donald Trump had
already made up his mind. But no
doubt it was a shock wave that it
was done and the timing as well.
Just a few hours after Rex Tillerson
landed after coming back from
Mike Pompeo has been more
tactful when it comes to Russia even
though he seems to be siding with
Rex Tillerson. Saying that they are
interfering not just in the last
election but in the run-up to the
midterms. But he is more hawkish
when it comes to Iran and North
As head of the CIA he has
said we have evidence that Russia is
meddling and will medal again
probably in the midterms. So he has
taken a much stronger stance than
Donald Trump. But less strong than
Rex Tillerson. So he is in between.
But in terms of the other policy
issues, Iran, he said that we have
differences on Iran with Rex
Tillerson. The reality of that was
Cabinet secretaries had told them
not to pull out of the Iran deal.
But Mike Pompeo is going to be
overseeing backfile now. He's known
to be more a hawk on Iran.
Let's speak to William Cohen
who served as Secretary of Defense
under President Clinton.
Can you give us some sense of the
importance of the role of Secretary
of State, how much does a change in
that role reflects a change in
It really depends
on the president. What kind of
delegation of authority the
president gives to his Secretary of
State. But from the beginning it was
cleared Donald Trump did not give
full authority to Rex Tillerson. And
that was indicative from the very
beginning, they had disagreements of
a variety of issues. Their styles
are different, Rex Tillerson comes
from the corporate world where there
is a process that present tramp
comes from his own world where there
is no process but more of a chaotic
environment with decisions being
made on impulse without great
consequence given to the result.
the relationship between the
Secretary of State and secondary
defence, we understand Rex Tillerson
had a good relationship with the
Secretary of Defence. How much does
that relationship matter?
It is very
important, state and defence
sometimes disagree on major issues
and it is important that the
Secretary of Defence and state work
together. But in this case I think
Mike Pompeo will work very well with
defence. I do not think there will
be any big difference of opinion.
There may be some difference in
style in terms of how they go about
resolving any differences they might
You said it depends on the
president, and their relationship
with the Secretary of State. But
that tweet he said to Rex Tillerson,
he's wasting his time trying to
negotiate with little rocket man.
But then he said he would talk to
the North Korean President. He does
not really want to listen to the
candour of his Secretary of State,
he wants to do it himself?
Tillerson was promoting negotiation
to try to get to the table with the
North Korean. And you have president
moon of South Korea asking for
negotiations. Present tramp called
him an appeaser. And then he
undercut Rex Tillerson I think
you're wasting your time with little
rocket man. Again it shows the
volatility and lack of real
continuity in terms of thinking and
action put up and in this case it
was clear that secretary Rex
Tillerson was not going to have a
long lasting literature with the
president. But what is surprising is
the manner in which it was done,
without any great class or grace. He
could have said we're just having
too many differences and I would
like you to submit your resignation.
But instead he waited until he was
out of the country and then fired
him. Now Rex Tillerson apparently
wants to stay on but usually you
have an agreement to stay on for a
couple of weeks but Dean fired with
the undercut durability to carry out
Thank you very much.
If ever we have a disagreement and
one of us has to leave the show I
will tell you in person, Christian.
It will not be done on twitter, that
is not the way to get rid of
someone. I think this one issue
about Mike Pompeo, he is very much a
political person and tied this
president. Willie play the role of
standing up to Donald Trump and
disagreeing with him when he feels
that there are policy issues between
them. I'm a bit more sceptical about
that. The president is in California
now, he asked the builders to create
some physically imposing structures
for his proposed border wall. He is
looking about how to type, there are
in fact eight of them and it will
cover 360 miles of the border. That
is one of them, all different shapes
and sizes. I have been looking at
the pictures from the other side and
quite a number of Mexicans on the
other side protesting with banners.
And just on the other side the
Secret Service keeping a wily eye on
the Mexicans who have come to
protest about it. And by the way he
still does not have the money for
Returning now to the
Russian spy story.
And the Russian government has,
once again, denied being involved.
Russia's foreign minister says
Britain isn't letting
the Kremlin see the evidence
of the nerve agent attack,
as required under international law.
From Moscow, here's Sarah Rainsford.
Today we saw the British
ambassador called into
the foreign ministry here.
He said he came to give
the message from Theresa May
that the ultimatum was approaching,
that Britain expects some answers.
The foreign ministry, though,
said he came to hear the Russian
protest against what Russia calls
a sordid attempt to
discredit this country.
So strong language coming
from Moscow and the strongest we've
heard yet coming from the Minister
himself Sergey Lavrov.
He has essentially rejected
the deadline, he said Britain
is violating the chemical weapons
Convention by only giving Russia 24
hours to respond to the allegation
of a chemical attack.
He says there should be
ten days to respond.
So unless Russia, unless the UK
sticks to the rules than Russia has
no intention of doing so either
was pretty much the message
from Sergey Lavrov.
When I asked him directly
whether Russia was responsible
for this attack he said
that was nonsense and Russia had
nothing to do with it.
And we've heard as well
from his spokeswoman a little later
today with even stronger
language, she said today
who does Britain think
it is issuing ultimatums
to a nuclear power.
So worrying language
from here in Moscow and no sign
at all I think of Russia either
meeting the deadline or backing down
on its stance over this attack.
So it seems another rupture in
relations between the UK and Russia
Joining us now is John Bayliss -
who worked for Britain's electronic
intelligence agency for almost four
decades - and now lectures
on security threats.
When we get something like the
Sergei Skripal case will focus on
how many spies there are in the UK.
How does it compare to the height of
the Cold War do you think?
say there are more spies now than at
the height of the Cold War. I think
we are looking at travelling
somewhere between 40 and 50.
Difficult to put an exact figure on.
The thing about spying is that
funnily enough we tell the Russians
how many spies we have a Moscow, we
do not call them spies but
intelligence officers and they
basically tell us how many
intelligence officers they have in
London and the tricky bit is working
out who is an intelligence officer
that they are not admitting to.
read about one Russian businessman
who knows that he's been followed
because he looks outside the shop
that he runs in London and some
locals were eating sunflower seeds
which Russian people from the
countryside he does well and quite
brazen in the fact that they were
watching him. What happens for the
spies here, do we follow them around
or how does that work.
Well I think
that in the day of the Cold War they
were restricted on their movements.
I think that has lapsed almost
completely now and they have fairly
free movement. Some of the people we
know about will probably be
followed. But there are too many of
them, we do not have enough people
any more to do that kind of thing.
We concentrate on terrorism and that
is where the bulk of the effort will
go almost certainly.
What are the
retaliatory options with UK, you
work that GCHQ and you understand
the cyber options. The risk could be
a trade war with perhaps unintended
consequences and presumably the
Russians would hit back in any kind
of cyber attack.
I think they are
already hitting, not hitting back
because they've been doing it more
than we have I would say. They would
be an option I'm quite sure to do
that but as you say where does it
You think we need to get
We probably do but what are
the options, I mean there are
sanctions, expelling diplomats, not
sending people to the football,
those are the kind of options you
have. There are limited options that
we have that we can bring into play.
Very good to talk to you, thank you.
Some surprising things, more spies
than at the height of the Cold War
and the options not great. England
are not going to the World Cup.
Maybe they would have been coming up
President Trump is
making his first visit
to California today -
there's not much love lost
between the White House
and the very Democratic state.
Politicians there are leading
the fight against the President's
policies, on everything from climate
change to immigration.
Last week, the administration filed
a lawsuit saying California
is saying its protections to illega
immigrants are unconstitutional.
Today the President tweeted:
Thousands of dangerous & violent
criminal aliens are released
as a result of sanctuary
policies, set free to prey
on innocent Americans.
THIS MUST STOP!
This trip Mr Trump
will examine eight
prototypes for a border wall.
A short time ago, I spoke
to California Attorney General
Xavier Becerra from Los Angeles.
Your state has the biggest economy
in the US. Is it strange that it has
taken the president this long to
visit California gas mark if you go
by past experience it definitely is
because most presidents from
Rosenfeld forward have always made
an effort to visit California and
not just early but often.
sure why Donald Trump has waited so
long since you could learn so much
about what makes a nation
successful. Blah but only the
economic engine for the country but
the sixth largest economy in the
world close to passing Great Britain
is the fifth economic power in the
Well maybe it is because you
are afraid democratic state and seen
by the supporters of Donald Trump is
the hotbed of the political
resistance in this country. He does
not like the politics of California,
as simple as that restaurant may be
is that he talks and we act, he
talks success and we show success.
All I know is that California
creates more jobs than any other
state, we are number one in
entertainment. We graduate more
people from college than any other
state in the nation, a pretty good
record of success that I would hope
that every state would want to
Are you concerned that the
president has the capacity to hit
back against Europe economic success
whether it is by building a wall
with Mexico, and he is looking older
types today over there by taking
action against Californian cities,
so-called sanctuary cities that
protect undocumented people living
in the country.
I believe that the
law will be on our side and not just
history, but the law. And I count on
the law and the institutions we have
in this country are strong. I
believe they can withstand the winds
from Washington, DC and Donald Trump
can say what he likes, it is whether
the federal government has the right
to do these things. So we will see
Donald Trump" whether on the border
wall for his attempts to coerce the
state of California to do his
bidding on immigration. We're not in
the business of deportation but of
public safety. And we are prepared
to abide by the law and that the
institutions of government prove how
and when Donald Trump can act.
say you're prepared to fight back
against some of the things that the
president is proposing, clamping
down on people who are in the
country illegally and particularly
on the prospect of building a wall.
But he is the President, what can
you do about that?
Well we cannot
stop him from doing those things
that fall within the province of the
federal government. We recognise
that. Immigration enforcement is a
federal responsibility but even with
immigration enforcement you must do
it according to the Constitution and
when Donald Trump tries to violate
peoples constitutional rights week
can step in and we have. And far
with proven that on many occasions
Donald Trump has violated the very
laws that he is supposed to enforce.
Dreamers, individuals, waiting for
status, one Donald Trump decided to
deport them, they're still here and
in fact the programme remains in
effect because of the court
challenge which instituted and we
got a nationwide injunction to stop
him from terminating the programme.
We'll see where we go on the border
wall for the but we will do what we
can to defend the rights of the
people of California and see where
This is Beyond One Hundred Days.
Still to come.
What can I do for you.
Disney's new film
A Wrinkle in Time -
why it's a bittersweet moment
for the black woman who directed it.
Here, the Chancellor Philip Hammond
delivered an upbeat
assessment of the UK economy,
claiming there's "light at the end
of the tunnel" and hinting
at possible public spending
increases in the Autumn.
Mr Hammond delivered his Spring
statement saying growth
and employment were up -
but Labour accused the Chancellor
of ignoring a public
sector funding crisis.
Here's Laura Kuennsberg.
Is there anybody out there?
Number Eleven didn't want us to pay
that much attention.
No fuss, no frills.
Do you have good
news today, Chancellor?
Only the Chancellor
slipping off to work.
But what was this, a cheery
Philip Hammond rushing to his place?
If there are any Eeyores
in the chamber, they're over there.
I, meanwhile, am at my most
positively Tigger-like today.
Not much has changed
from the world outside.
True, the economy will grow
a little bit faster.
The debt will start to fall, just.
The day-to-day deficit,
remember that, it's gone.
But compared to other countries,
the economy is sluggish and slow.
Spending will stay stay tight.
I do not agree with those who argue
that every available penny must be
used to reduce the deficit.
And nor do I agree with the fantasts
opposite who argue that every
available penny should
be spent immediately.
But Labour accused him of not
being in the real world.
Hasn't he listened to the doctors,
the nurses, the teachers,
the police officers,
the carers and even his own
councillors, they're telling him
they can't wait for the next budget.
They're telling him to act now.
Hard choices that will
linger long after today.
Along with the Brexit
bill, revealed to be
hanging around until 2064.
Spring has not yet really sprung.
Laura Kuenssberg, BBC
Beyond One Hundred Days.
"Bittersweet" - that's how
the director of the new Disney film,
A Wrinkle in Time has described
becoming one of the first
African American directors to hold
a top spot at the U.S Box Office.
Ava Duvernay says "it's sad"
its only happened in 2018
after more than a century
of the industry existing.
Our reporter Chi Chi Izundu sat down
with her to discuss race,
inclusion and Times Up.
Your father has accomplished
Based on the 1962 fantasy
novel, a Wrinkle in
Time tells the story of a young
teenage girl whose
scientist father goes missing
and it's down to her to find
him and save the universe.
The only one who can stop it.
Wrinkle holds the No 2 spot
at the US box office.
And burn it all.
In at No 1 is the Marvel
epic Black Panther -
which has also just
surpassed the billion
dollar mark worldwide.
To the rest of the world.
Plus, it is the first
time in history that
two black directors
budgets over $100 million have ever
taken the top two spots at the
An achievement the Wrinkle director,
Ava DuVernay, has described
as bitter sweet.
They're amazing women
throughout history of cinema
who were black women, women
of colour, who should have had those
opportunities, but Hollywood
and the industry didn't give them
opportunities, so because Hollywood
has decided to give me the
opportunity, it doesn't have
to do anything with me.
It has to do with the time.
So it is bitter sweet when we hear
about these firsts happening
Do you think Hollywood's changed
towards people of colour
being forefront and centre of film?
Changing, not changed.
That is not the case.
But changing, I hope so.
That hope is turning into a reality.
Since the start of her career,
Ava DuVernay has insisted on a
diverse cast and crew.
Something other production
houses and actors
are now actively including
in their contracts.
A glacier arch in
Argentina has collapsed -
but this time it's not due
to climate change.
It's part of a cycle and means
tourists can see the spectacle
of huge chunks of ice falling off
the glacier every few years.
Let's take a look.
The Perito Moreno glacier.
It is like a video being rewound.
So I was having a look
through Twitter and found this -
taken at a chocolate factory.
Trump Junior apparent being
interviewed by some very serious
chocolate bunny reporters.
was at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg,
Pennsylvania, for a campaign
stop with Rick Saccone,
the Republican congressional
candidate for Tuesday's special
election in Pennsylvania's 18th
And he has responded in part.
President Trump's eldest son
appreciated the joke,
retweeting Rush's photo
and adding his own quip.
"The chocolate rabbit gave
a hard hitting interview
and was delicious
afterwards," Trump Jr
One of those really boring news
days! We will see you back here